UH Maui Installs 3,300 Photo voltaic Panels, Turns into ‘Web-Zero’ Campus
The University of Hawaii Maui College (UH Maui) has installed more than 3,300 solar panels on campus, reducing its reliance on fossil fuels by an estimated 100 percent. The college is now “net zero,” which means it produces as much energy as it uses, making it carbon neutral. Additionally, during periods of low power consumption, UH Maui can store battery power for future use.
“This project speaks for the innovation of our university, for our responsibility towards our community,” said the Chancellor of UH Maui Lui Hokoana said. “It gives our students a deeper experience and shows what we can do to protect our values and our environment.”
Reaching UH Maui adds “big gains toward UH’s goal to be net-zero by 2035,” said UH vice president, community colleges Erika Lacro. The UH Community Colleges in Kapi’olani, Honolulu and Kaua’i also strive for carbon neutrality.
Net-Zero US locations
UH Maui is one of the first US locations to generate all of its energy from on-site facilities.
From September 2020 nine universities have achieved CO2 neutrality. The first to do this was Colby College, a university in Maine. It was net zero in 2013, two years ahead of schedule.
Three of the universities achieved CO2 neutrality last year. Colorado College used geothermal and solar energy to cut emissions by 75 percent and combined them with renovations and efficiency gains to achieve net zero.
To the Allegheny CollegeReducing emissions by 50 percent through alternative energy and waste reduction techniques was enough to go zero. Meanwhile, Dickinson College The net zero target was achieved by offsetting the carbon footprint and cultivating a culture of sustainability.